Body Image

Posted by Heather Doggett on 10 May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 13-19 May 2019.  The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. 

Body image is: “…the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception”

Body image and how we feel about how we look is anything but trivial.  Body image is a complex phenomenon and affects us all on so many different levels.  Building a positive body image is a good way to counteract the negative stream of images through television, our telephones, and the social media platforms that we are encouraged to compare ourselves to.

Activities to improve body image:-

  • Appreciate all that your body can do
  • Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself
  • Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep
  • Look at yourself as a whole person
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person
  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body
  • Become a critical viewer of social and media messages
  • Do something nice for yourself
  • Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others

Alison Lambert, Lead OH Advisor